Category Archive for: education

Oklahoma lawmakers studying worsening teacher shortage

Three former teachers now serving as Oklahoma lawmakers are studying the state’s worsening teacher shortage to see what policy measures might be of help. “The teacher pipeline is one of the critical issues we can address in the 2022 legislative session,” said Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa, who previously taught government at Booker T. Washington High…Read More

What if the next generation of certified teachers were already in the classrooms?

To characterize that Oklahoma still has a teacher shortage problem today is an outdated talking point. We now have a clogged pipeline perpetuated by the lack of innovation within the education sector. Our state’s elected officials have made great strides in recent years to address the root of the initial shortage by strengthening resources for…Read More

Oklahoma schools Superintendent Hofmeister to challenge Stitt for governor as a Democrat

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister will run for governor in 2022 as a Democrat. Hofmeister, a longtime Republican from Tulsa, announced her campaign against Gov. Kevin Stitt in an interview with the Tulsa World posted Wednesday night and with an video advertisement and news release Thursday. “I’m running for Governor as a Democrat because I believe in supporting our children’s…Read More

Parents respond to DOJ, school boards’ statements: ‘I am what a domestic terrorist looks like?’

The Justice Department (DOJ) is facing a wave of backlash as parents criticize its recent decision to investigate potential acts of violence against school boards across the country. It came after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) asked the Biden administration for assistance, suggesting that the threats and acts of violence were similar to domestic…Read More

School Board Group Labels CRT Critics as Terrorists; Oklahoma Lawmakers Respond

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has urged President Biden to have opponents of Critical Race Theory (CRT) investigated and prosecuted under federal anti-terrorism laws—even though the group did not identify any significant instance of organized terrorism associated with CRT opponents who have spoken out at school board meetings across the nation. In response, Oklahoma…Read More

Oklahoma student achievement plummets amidst school shutdown

Academic achievement in Oklahoma public schools plunged during the COVID shutdowns that began in spring 2020 and continued in many districts throughout much of the following school year, based on the newly released results of state academic testing presented to the State Board of Education. Fewer than one in four Oklahoma students performed at grade…Read More

Pandemic toll on academics evident in Oklahoma’s newly released 2020-21 state test results

Results are in from the first state tests administered to Oklahoma students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and the numbers should be alarming, the state superintendent said. While test participation rates were off overall, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said they are still among the highest participation rates in the nation and offer clear…Read More

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from St. Augustine’s School in Andover, Massachusetts. “We know other parochial schools in Massachusetts are striving to do the same today,” Abby’s mother, Wendy Agudelo, told CNA in an interview in…Read More

Transgender insureds can sue over health plan exclusion, U.S. appeals court affirms

Transgender people who are enrolled in the North Carolina State Health Plan can proceed with a lawsuit over its 2018 decision to exclude all coverage for gender dysphoria counseling, hormone therapy, surgical care or other treatment, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Wednesday. The 2-1 decision affirmed a federal judge in Greensboro’s 2020…Read More

Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to the state supreme court. Peter Vlaming, who taught French in Virginia’s West Point school district for seven years, was suspended and subsequently fired in 2018 for not using a male pronoun to refer to a…Read More